Robin Hahnel talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about new forms of democracy developing in Venezuela, including such radical arrangments as participatory budgeting. He discusses some of this in a recent article in Monthly Review.
Marianne Barisonek interviews Zoe Ferraris, author of the
novel, Finding Nouf, a literary mystery set in Saudi Arabia, dealing
with young men and women trying to balance tradition and exposure to Western
Host Dennise Kowalczyk interviews Charity Fain, the new Executive Director for the Portland City Club. Her background includes working on media issues and media advocacy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Gabi Ross has interviewed Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz on her book "Jasmin and Stars, Reading more than Lolita in Tehran". Interview covers more than just the book and critiques the orientalists approach to literature and emphasizes on the richness of Iranian literature and samples from Iranian women writers whose works are translated to English. This was a "Bread and Roses" show and is being presented at "Voices of the Middle East" with permission.
Ethan Scarle went to meeting of the Northeast's Public Safety Committee, at the King Neighborhood Facility, where people from the neighborhoods, from the police, and from other public service areas meet once a month to work on safety issues facing North and Northeast Portland. Issues range from last Sunday's "Take back the Parks" event, to thefts of catalytic converters from automobiles, to sponsoring fitness walks, to street lighting problems, and special events in Portland's parks and streets. One regular service is an outreach program in which volunteers go door to door to bring residents community service information, and, in some cases, information from local sponsoring businesses.